City crew clears clogged drains along Waikiki beach

Waikiki beach

Beachgoers in Waikiki no longer have to stand in marsh-like water when taking a shower.

On Tuesday, a viewer alerted KHON2 via Report It that the public shower drains were clogged at Kuhio Beach, creating a pool of standing water that became a breeding ground for algae.

When we brought it to the mayor’s attention, he vowed to fix the problem.

Sure enough, a city crew was out Wednesday with a vacuum truck to clean up the mess. The truck began its work at the Ewa end, near the police substation, and gradually worked its way down the beach toward Diamond Head.

The city says sand from the showers clogs up the drains and, in some cases, the shower drains don’t work.

Beachgoers KHON2 talked with are glad to see the work under progress.

“It’s very important to have a clean shower for your feet and to rinse off all that salt water and stuff. This one’s all right I think,” said beachgoer Bronson Sterling.

One maintenance worker says the showers near Lifeguard 2E were poorly designed to begin with.

The plan is to connect the drain with the sewer system rather than letting the water drain back into the ocean.

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